Apple has ramped up its efforts to develop a self-driving car, filing several new patents for software and hardware related to driving comfort such as seats and suspension, media reported Monday.
The iPhone maker is also working on V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) technology, which will enable cars to communicate with each other and connect to the Internet of Things (IoT), reports Nikkei Asia analyzing the Intellectual Property Landscape .
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According to the report, from 2000 to June 1 this year, Apple has filed and granted 248 automotive-related patents.
While most of Apple’s 2021 applications have yet to be released, there are eight.
In January 2021, Hyundai Motor was reportedly in talks with Apple about self-driving technology. The South Korean automaker later denied the comments.
Apple remains very discreet about its autonomous driving ambitions.
The company has reportedly hired veteran Ford executive Desi Ujkashevic as the iPhone maker plans to launch an electric car in 2024.
Mr. Ujkashevic, global director of safety engineering at Ford, will join Apple to help the company develop an all-electric, self-driving car.
She has worked on a number of Ford and Lincoln SUVs, as well as Ford’s Fiesta and Focus compact cars.
According to a report by TheElec earlier this year, Apple has partnered with a South Korean outsourced semiconductor assembly and test company (OSAT) to develop Autopilot technology for its car.
The Apple Car is also expected to use LED displays throughout the vehicle to let other drivers know what the self-driving system is doing.
The screen displays information about braking, vehicle speed and other messages in the form of graphics and videos.
The next Apple Car is expected to use a “C1” chip based on the A12 Bionic processor, with in-cabin AI features like eye tracking.
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